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Who's The Boss

Feb 18, 2016

30 Rock's Liz Lemon. Who's her boss? In this final round, we name fictional employees and ask for the boss best associated with that characters.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

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A Store By Any Other Name

Feb 18, 2016

We head to the mall with nothing but a debit card and a thesaurus. We read clues in which the name of a popular retailer is replaced with a synonym and asked our contestants for the real store name.

Heard on Adrian Tomine: Cover Me

America The Foodiful

Jan 27, 2016

Buffalo wings, California rolls and baked Alaska⎯don't listen to this game on an empty stomach! In this final round, all of the answers are a food or drink that has an American geographic location in its name.

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

Oh Myyy (With George Takei)

Jan 27, 2016

Not only does VIP George Takei have one of the best catchphrases around, but he's also a fan of wordplay. We put the two together for a special game where every answer begins with his signature saying "Oh Myyy" and is mashed up with something that starts with the "my" sound.

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Teenage Theme

Jan 27, 2016

Listeners, you make us feel like we're living a teenage dream. In a tribute to the Katy Perry song, we ask contestants to channel their inner teen and guess the less romantic teenage things we're singing about

Heard in George Takei: Oh Myyy

The Rites Of Springfield

Jan 13, 2016

There are more than 35 places named Springfield in America, all of them wonderful in their own unique way. But the most famous Springfield is the fictional one where The Simpsons is set. In this game, we imagine that Simpsons characters have moved to a real Springfield somewhere in the United States. Contestants tell us which U.S state we're talking about.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time

Famous Sons

Jan 13, 2016

From Jackie Robinson to Emma Watson, there are a lot of famous "sons" out there. In this final round, every answer is the name of a real or fictional person whose last name ends with the letters S-O-N.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time

Be Positive

Jan 13, 2016

Ever notice that "inscrutable" is a word, but "scrutable" is not? This game is about words that exist in a negative form without a common positive partner.

Heard in Taran Killam: The Day Before Sunday In Real Time

The Day Before Sunday in Real Time

Jan 13, 2016

Taran Killam was a fan of Saturday Night Live years before he joined the ensemble cast in 2010. Since then, he has graced the famous Studio 8H as 18th-century newspaper critic Jebidiah Atkinson, Matthew McConaughey and Robyn, among others.

Sounds Like A Good Book

Jan 7, 2016

Lord of the Flies becomes Ruler of the Winged Insects in this final round where every correct answer is one of Modern Library's Top 100 English Language Novels of All Time. As a clue, we give a phrase that's synonymous, or nearly synonymous, with the title.

Heard in David Cross: Increasingly Poor Decisions

Unpresidentially Yours

Jan 7, 2016

This game is a celebration of democracy... and the never-ending presidential election cycle. Candidates travel around the country talking to voters, the press, and babies. It's fraught with peril, because at any moment, a candidate could say the one thing that dooms his or her presidential hopes. Guess which electoral hopefuls uttered these unfortunate quotations.

Heard in David Cross: Increasingly Poor Decisions

When actor David Cross found out that IFC wanted to renew his cult TV show, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, for a third season after a gap of four years, he was incredulous. "I [was] like, 'How? How can there be a third season? The whole world blows up,'" Cross told guest host Faith Salie on the Ask Me Another stage in Brooklyn. "I said out of professional common courtesy that I'd approach the writers...

Some Of The Small Things

Jan 7, 2016

For this game we turn a very complicated song into a very complicated game. House musician Jonathan Coulton sings our version of Blink 182's "All the Small Things," which is about...yes, small things.

Heard in David Cross: Increasingly Poor Decisions

Snack Time!

Dec 24, 2015

Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano and co-star Emilio Delgado joins us to play "The Muppets in Your Neighborhood." Then, the two serenade our audience with the Sesame Street classic, "Hola!" Our next game, "Name That Candy Bar," is sure to make your mouth water. Then make sure to warm up your thumbs for our Ask Me One More Final Round, "Initial This," about texting abbreviations.

Heard in Kids' Favorites!

Arts And Crafts!

Dec 24, 2015

We welcome an unusual VIP to the studio (he couldn't make it to a live taping). Host Ophira Eisenberg, house musician Jonathan Coulton, and puzzle editor Art Chung quiz an 8-and-a-half-year-old fan who's a precocious superhero expert. Then "Be Our Guest" and sing along in "The Disney Wrongbook" before we break out the crayons for "Color Me Badd."

Heard in Kids' Favorites!

Recess!

Dec 24, 2015

Host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton ring the bell for recess and take classic games to the next level in "Playground Nationals." Then contestants make some of the silliest sounds ever heard on the Ask Me Another stage in a game called "What's That Sound?"

Heard in Kids' Favorites!

And So It Goes

Dec 10, 2015

Panda, Dandruff and Chandelier. What do these words all have in common? In this Final Round, all answers are words or names that contain the common conjunction "and" in them.

Heard on Ellie Kemper: Good Day, Ellie

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Word War One

Dec 10, 2015

This game pits vowels and consonants against each other in a back-and-forth battle for ultimate control over a word. Each answer is a word or phrase that consists of alternating vowels and consonants.

Heard on Ellie Kemper: Good Day, Ellie

Crash Test Yummies

Dec 10, 2015

In 1993 the Crash Test Dummies had their biggest hit, Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Given the title, it's baffling it wasn't about food. Well, that's about to change, because we rewrote the lyrics to be about classic comfort foods.

Heard on Ellie Kemper: Good Day, Ellie

Blank Of Blank

Dec 3, 2015

One of Pittsburgh's nicknames is "City of Bridges," referring to its many river-spanning structures. Appropriately, all of the answers in this final round are three-word phrases with the word "of" in the middle.

Heard in Lulu Miller & Alix Spiegel: I Second That Emotion

It's A Numbers Game

Dec 3, 2015

Order the following famous families from most amount of brothers to the fewest brothers: Jonas Brothers, Marx Brothers, Ringling Brothers. That would be Ringling (7), Marx (5) and Jonas (4). That's the gist of this numerical ordering game.

Heard in Lulu Miller & Alix Spiegel: I Second That Emotion

In A Class By Itself

Dec 3, 2015

Let's face it, even the best universities have a few courses that aren't super-rigorous. In this game we read class titles and descriptions from unusual college courses. Contestants tell us whether the class is one we made up, or a real course that students are amassing thousands of dollars of debt to enroll in.

Heard in Lulu Miller & Alix Spiegel: I Second That Emotion

Letter Rip

Nov 12, 2015

Guest puzzle guru Cecil Baldwin leads our final round, "Letter Rip." All of the answers contain the sound of an alphabet letter. It's a B-dazzling good time!

Heard in Peter Sarsgaard: A Day In The Life

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A Day in the Life of Peter Sarsgaard

Nov 12, 2015

In his new movie Experimenter, Peter Sarsgaard plays Stanley Milgram, a psychologist who studied human behavior in the 1960s. In Milgram's most famous experiment, test subjects agreed to electroshock people in another room under pressure from an authority figure. Sarsgaard joined host Ophira Eisenberg on the Bell House stage to talk about the film, and the impact it had on him as a performer.

Meet the Expert is Ask Me Another's new segment! Executive producer of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Amy Kule, joins us onstage to lead a game based on this iconic holiday event. Did you know Snoopy is about to make his 39th parade appearance?

Heard in Peter Sarsgaard: A Day In The Life

Art For Art's Sake

Oct 28, 2015

Smartphone, pop-tarts and kickstarter. All of these answers have the letters a-r-t in order. Our final round is deceivingly simple as that!

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Bring Out Your Undead

Oct 28, 2015

We asked our audience questions about how they would handle the end of the world. Then we put VIPs and undead experts Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless head-to-head to guess our audience's responses. What's your weapon of choice against the zombie apocalypse — shotgun, chainsaw, or crossbow?

Heard in Bruce Campbell And Lucy Lawless: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Flip It And Reverse It #2

Oct 28, 2015

In our nerdy homage to Missy Elliot, every answer is a famous title or phrase, backwards. What long-running BBC show is about Roger Daltrey's time-traveling physician? Who Doctor. That's Doctor Who, backwards.

Heard in Bruce Campbell And Lucy Lawless: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

The Most Important Quiz Of The Day

Oct 8, 2015

West Egg on a Seabiscuit with Lady Marmalade―yum! For our final round, every correct answer is a word, phrase, or proper noun that contains the name of a breakfast food or beverage.

Heard in The Milk Carton Kids: No Expiration Date

I Saw The Seinfeld

Oct 8, 2015

In this game we put our VIPs, The Milk Carton Kids, on the same team. Kenneth describes famous Seinfeld catchphrases to Joey, who must guess the line. But there's a catch: Kenneth has never really seen Seinfeld.

Heard in The Milk Carton Kids: No Expiration Date

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